Antarctica: A Deep-Freeze Storehouse for Meteorites

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Science  18 Nov 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4318, pp. 727-731
DOI: 10.1126/science.198.4318.727


Meteorites thit fall on the Antarctic ice cap are preserved for long periods of time under very clean conditions as they are carried toward the continental margin. If the host ice encounters a barrier it cannot flow over or around, it tends to dissipate by ablation, leaving an accumulation of meteorites on the surface.